Australia Take Both Men’s and Women’s Title of Oceania Cup

The TET Black Sticks Men and Women have both been defeated by Australia (Kookaburras and Hockeyroos) in the Oceania Cup finals at the TET MultiSports Centre in Stratford, Taranaki today.

An action photo from Black Sticks vs Hockeyroos final at Oceania Cup 2013 in Taranaki (Credits: Daniel Carson)

An action photo from Black Sticks vs Hockeyroos final at Oceania Cup 2013 in Taranaki (Credits: Daniel Carson)

The women’s final went right to the wire after the Black Sticks and Hockeyroos ended locked up at 2-all at fulltime. The final result was decided in a sudden death penalty shoot-out which Australia won 5-4.

It was an outstanding performance by the Hockeyroos women, many of whom had battled through sickness to play and earn Australia a first Oceania Cup title since 2005. Continue reading →

India Qualify for Hockey World Cup as it is Trans-Tasman Finals at Oceania Cup

The TET Black Sticks Men and Women will both play Australia (Kookaburras and Hookeyroos) in tomorrow’s Oceania Cup finals at the TET MultiSports Centre in Stratford, Taranaki and this means Indian Men’s hockey team has qualified for 2014 Hockey World Cup to be played at the Hague in Netherlands from 31st May to 15th June next year.

Rode Keddell of Black Sticks (Courtesy: Daniel Carson)

Rode Keddell of Black Sticks in action against Samoa (Courtesy: Daniel Carson)

The Black Sticks Women play the Hockeyroos at 2.00pm while the Black Sticks Men face the Kookaburras in the men’s final at 4.30pm, whose winners go to 2014 Hockey World Cup as Oceania Cup champions.

Since both Men’s and Women’s teams of New Zealand and Australia have already qualified for the Hockey World Cup through Hockey World Leagues, the next reserve teams will qualify for the biggest quadrennial hockey event. The next reserve teams for Hockey World Cup 2014 are India and Belgium in Men’s and Womne’s category respectively.

Both the final games will be live streamed on the Hockey New Zealand website (www.hockeynz.co.nz). Continue reading →

Black Sticks Start Oceania Cup On Winning Note

Both the TET Black Sticks Men and Women saw success on the opening day of the Oceania Cup at the TET MultiSports Centre in Stratford, Taranaki today.

Soohie Cocks celebrates after scoring winner for Black Sticks against Hockeyroos at Oceania Cup 2013 (Credits: Dan Carson / DC Images)

Soohie Cocks celebrates after scoring winner for Black Sticks against Hockeyroos at Oceania Cup 2013 (Credits: Dan Carson / DC Images)

The day was headlined by the TET Black Sticks Women who surged to an impressive 3-2 come from behind victory over Australia.

The Black Sticks opened the scoring through Gemma Flynn but Australia scored the next two goals before a late second half surge guided the Kiwis to a win.

With the score locked up at 2-all, debutante Sophie Cocks delivered the game winner with just five minutes remaining on the clock. Continue reading →

Black Sticks are ready for Oceania Cup from Tomorrow at Taranaki

The TET Black Sticks Men and Women have finished their respective training camps and are now ready to start their Oceania Cup campaign from tomorrow at the TET MultiSports Centre in Stratford.

Oceania Cup Hockey 2013 at Taranaki

From the 30 Oct-3 Nov the Black Sticks will play Australia, Papua New Guinea and Samoa. Trans-Tasman rivalry will be strong with the Black Sticks Women looking to retain their 2011 Oceania Cup title while the Black Sticks Men will take on World Champions Australia for a chance at Oceania Cup victory as winners qualify for 2014 Hockey World Cup in the Hague. Continue reading →

De Young, Turner, Butturini & Wilson return to Kookaburras for Hockey 9s & Oceania

Hockey Australia has announced two Kookaburras squads ahead of next week’s International Super Series Hockey 9s tournament in Perth and the Oceania Cup in Taranaki, New Zealand later this month.

Hockey Australia LogoThe squads feature a number of notable inclusions; amongst them, the return from injury of three-time Olympic medal winning defender Liam De Young (QLD), who hasn’t played for the Kookaburras since the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Some of the game’s biggest names will step out for the innovative 9-a-side International Super Series, which begins next Thursday and will be broadcast on ABC 1. Continue reading →

Hockeyroos Squad Announced for Hockey 9s and Argentina Test Series

Announcing Australia‘s Women’s Hockey team, Hockeyroos squad for next week’s International Super Series and Tests against World Champions Argentina, Head Coach Adam Commens says he will use the contests to set his side up for the forthcoming Oceania Cup and World League Finals.

Hockey Australia LogoCommens today named his squad for the innovative 9-a-side International Super Series, which gets underway at Perth Hockey Stadium a week on Thursday and will be shown on ABC 1.

Amongst a host of star names in the 18-athlete squad, three of the Hockeyroos’ London Olympians are set to return with Jade Close (NSW), Kobie McGurk and Jayde Taylor (both WA) included. For McGurk and Taylor, selection marks a welcome conclusion to lengthy spells sidelined through injury. Continue reading →